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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Control of New Invasives
Region: 4
Station: Cache River National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Eric Johnson 870-347-2074 ext. 23
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Cache River has acquired and continues to acquire new land that has been recently farmed and is or will be restored to hardwoods. In these fields and around the perimeters can be found several invasive exotics. Control of these invasives is a crucial component to restoration of these sites.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Chinese Privet ligustrum sinense
European Privet ligustrum vulgare
Japanese honeysuckle Lonicera japonica
Chinaberry Melia azedarach
Mimosa Albizia julibrissin
Bamboo Bambusa spp.
Baccharis Baccharis halimifolia
Sawtooth oak Quercus acutissima
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Two volunteer interns were received in the field training to positively identify invasive exotics and safely apply herbicides to control them.
Total Number of Volunteers: 2
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 40
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Refuge's interest in this project has led to discussions with other refuges and adjacent landowners, and the importance of controlling these various invasives has become apparent to them.


Project Results:
Give an overview of the results of the project. Include quantifiable measure of success, such as maps produced, efficacy of control measures, number of sites where invasions were detected early and responded to, number of community contacts, etc. (Up to 250 words).
Approximately 32 acres of infested areas were treated with the assistance of the volunteers, and 11 additional acres were identified and mapped. For the most part the invasives are controlled with one application. The newly mapped areas will be treated later in FY09. Areas virtually free of kudzu were restored with native grasses.
Number of Acres Treated: 32
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 11
Number of Acres Restored: 4.5


Budget: Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.

Total Grant Amount:

$ $6,100

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $724 12%
Chemical $5,024 82%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials $352 6%
TOTAL $6,100 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
The funds are greatly appreciated to address this need. It is important to spend a little money to control these invasives now before they spread and control would be more expensive, and before access to these areas is hampered by regenerating hardwoods.


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